Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the countrymen to pay taxes and reminded them to take benefit of the ‘last’ Asset Declaration Scheme launched by the government, reported Pakistani newspaper The News International.
Khan seems to be following the footsteps on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who did something similar in 2016.
PM Modi’s government had waged a war against black money and cracked down on benami properties, leading to a rise in tax-based revenues. With Pakistan’s economy ailing, Imran Khan seems to be implementing a similar process to increase the country’s revenue.
In a televised message to the nation Monday morning, Khan urged the countrymen to pay taxes as it is their national duty and asked them to take benefit of the ‘last’ Asset Declaration Scheme launched by the government.
Imran Khan said that those who have benami properties abroad should declare their assets before June 30.
Urging the countrymen to pay their taxes as a divine duty, he said, “Pakistani is the nation that gives more in charity and less in taxes.”
The Pakistani Prime Minister added, “We have to change ourselves to bring prosperity in the country and God helps those who help themselves.”
The address is an important one ahead of PTI’s first budget being announced tomorrow amid reports of heavy taxation on the already burdened taxpayers.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan chaired a meeting regarding upcoming fiscal budget 2019-20, considering proposals for the budget.